B.S. in Health Care Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The health care management courses in our 100% online B.S. in H.C.M. program prepare you to apply advanced business skills within the health care industry.

Coursework consists of:

  • 34–55 Core Credits
  • 39 Business Requirement Credits
  • 27 Major Course Requirements
  • 6–28 Elective Courses

We welcome transfer students as well as first-time freshmen to the program. Utica College maintains articulation agreements with a number of community colleges, making it easier for students to transfer to UC and focus on the required business and major health care management courses to complete their bachelor's degree.

You can earn your B.S. in H.C.M. degree to advance your career in 2–4 years.

If you'd like to pursue graduate study, the curriculum prepares you well for the Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration programs.

The health care management curriculum details on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and are subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions in the Utica College Academic Catalog in adherence to regional compliance.

*We're often asked about licensure. Please note, there is no professional credential, certification or licensure available for job opportunities associated with an undergraduate degree in health care management.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Business Requirement Courses Total Hours:

ACC 201 Financial AccountingCredit Hours: 3

Learn about financial statement communication, information processing, and measuring business income. Explore measurement and analysis of gross margin, short-term liquid assets, operating assets, short- and long-term liabilities, and cash flows.

ACC 202 Managerial AccountingCredit Hours: 3

Building on concepts learned in Accounting 201, you'll use accounting information to make managerial decisions, as well as learn about product costing, activity-based costing and activity-based management. Gain an understanding of cost behavior and decision-making, as well as budgeting, performance evaluation, cash-flow analysis, and factors that go into making capital investment decisions.

Prerequisite: Accounting 201

ECN 131 Principles of MicroeconomicsCredit Hours: 3

Learn the principles of economics with a major emphasis on the theory of the market system (microeconomics), the economics of international trade, and current economic problems.

ECN 141 Principles of MacroeconomicsCredit Hours: 3

Learn the principles of economics with major emphasis on the system as a whole (macroeconomics) and the role of government through fiscal, monetary, and other policies to maintain full employment without inflation.

ECN 241 StatisticsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of how to apply statistical methods to management and economics. Learn about descriptive statistics, probability, normal curve, sampling, confidence, and regression.

Prerequisites: Completion of mathematics and computer requirements in component one of core.

Students may not also take Psychology/Sociology 211 or Mathematics 112 for credit toward Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning.

FIN 333 Corporate FinanceCredit Hours: 3

Learn business finance for small- or medium-sized corporations while understanding government regulation and how general business conditions effect financial plans and operations. You'll examine promotion, expansion, methods of raising fixed capital, various types of securities, administration of income, and financial difficulties.

Prerequisites: Accounting 201 or permission of instructor

MAT 143 Mathematical Analysis for Business and EconomicsCredit Hours: 3

Topics include algebra, analytic geometry, applications, elements of linear programming, and mathematics of finance.

Prerequisites: MAT 124, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor.

MGT 103 Introduction to the Business of HealthcareCredit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the health care industry, an awareness of the many career opportunities available in the field of health care management, and a working knowledge of basic managerial skills as applied in health care settings. Students will interact with current managers employed in both direct and indirect healthcare settings. They also will learn to apply fundamental accounting, marketing, human resource, finance and leadership skills to address a variety of managerial problems.

MGT 201 Principles of Organization and ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore the principles of management and organizational theory. You'll gain an understanding of all functional areas of management, with an emphasis on the key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. You'll also examine ethical and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges.

Prerequisites: MGT 101 or CMG 103

MKT 211 Principles of MarketingCredit Hours: 3

Learn basic marketing principles and practices including: marketing functions and policies, consumer demand, distribution channels; branding, promotion and advertising, pricing, place and location, ethics, global, economic, and legal implications.

MGT 325 Management of TechnologyCredit Hours: 3

Emphasizes competitive advantages of managing information technology, including electronic commerce, data warehousing, data mining, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, wireless and pervasive computing, cloud computing, and social networking.

Prerequisites: CSC 117 and MGT 201

MGT 428 Strategic Management and LeadershipCredit Hours: 3

Case study course integrating business strategy and policy formulation at the upper management levels. Includes analysis of internal and external environmental factors (i.e., competitive, economic, legal, global, etc.) Ethics, leadership, and social responsibility also addressed.

Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

RMI 273 Introduction to Risk Management and InsuranceCredit Hours: 3

Learn the principles of risk management and insurance. You'll develop an understanding of the foundations, applications, and selection of life, health, property, and liability insurance. Additionally, you'll examine enterprise risk management, financial risk management, employee benefits, and strategies to mitigate risk.

Major Course Requirements Total Hours:

ANT 101 Introduction to AnthropologyCredit Hours: 3

Overview of anthropology, highlighting diversity and global scope of human experience, past and present. Biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic and cultural anthropology.

This course can be substituted with SOC 151.

SOC 151 Introduction to SociologyCredit Hours: 3

Explore sociological concepts in United States society to gain an understanding of topics including social class, race, ethnicity, sex, age, family, education, and religion. You'll also examine sub-cultures, polity, economy, deviance, urban life, collective behavior, population, bureaucracy, social groups, and social change.

ANT 415 Cultures, Health, and HealingCredit Hours: 3

Examine the effects of culture when it comes to health and beliefs. You'll also explore practices related to illness and healing.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 or SOC 151 or permission of instructor

ECN 375 Health EconomicsCredit Hours: 3

Economic problems faced by health care industry. Production of health care, market for health care, impact of health insurance, and role of government regulation.

Prerequisites: ECN 131.

HLS 103 Introduction to Health and Health Related Professions Credit Hours: 3

Orientation to health care professions, including history and philosophy, ethics, development of health care terms, professionalism, and professional organizations, communication, patient rights, practice arenas, and wellness concepts.

HLS 411 Principles of Healthcare ReimbursementCredit Hours: 3

This course will outline how reimbursement systems affect providers, payers, and consumers. Explanation of Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, private insurance plans, health maintenance organizations and prevention of insurance denials/explanations of benefits will be provided.

Prerequisites: HLS 301 or HLS 305.

MGT 371 Human Resource ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Advanced examination of HRM functions, its role in organizations, and its future implications for managers and others. Emphasis on areas of HRM specialization.

Prerequisites: MGT 201.

MGT 470 Management InternshipCredit Hours: 1-12

Guided experience in approved positions with cooperating organizations. Written assignments, periodic conferences, and evaluation statement required.

This course can be substituted for an elective course.

PHI 107 EthicsCredit Hours: 3

Take a critical and historical look at the major ethical theories from the period of Plato up to today. Analyze the problems present in the construction of ethical theories, the nature of moral judgment, and moral evaluation.

PHI 108 Professional EthicsCredit Hours: 3

Examine the ethical dilemmas professionals encounter at work. Take a close look at the issues present in industries like journalism, health care, law, education, computer science, information technology, and public relations.

SOC 307 Bureaucracy and Culture: U.S. Health Care SystemCredit Hours: 3

Social organization and functioning of the US Health Care System, a dynamic and pluralistic system involving public and private participants.

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